ABG's made easy;
you can be acidotic w/either too much acid (respiratory) or not enough base (metabolic)
you can be alkolotic w/either too much base (metabolic) or not enough acid (respiratory)
if your pH is normal and HcO3 or CO2 is out of wack, it's compensating
if your pH is out of not normal, you are not compensating; sort of, if it's attempting to correct (as evidenced by movement of HCO3 & CO2 towards normal), it's partially compensated.
Anyone still studying? I'm testing in May and need LOTS more help!!!!!!!!!!!!